Updated: Thursday, 19 Feb 2009, 1:15 PM CST
Published : Thursday, 19 Feb 2009, 1:15 PM CST
KRAKOW, Poland (AP) - U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates says the new Obama administration hasn't decided what to do about a proposed European missile shield detested by Russia.
In Poland for NATO talks, Gates said the economic crisis and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have taken precedence. He also said that Washington needs time to look at the plan laid out by former President George W. Bush to place missile interceptors and radar in Poland and the Czech Republic as a hedge against a possible strike from Iran.
President Barack Obama has not been a vocal supporter of the program, but hasn't indicated he would cancel it either. Gates, a holdover from the Bush administration, says he asked his Polish counterpart for patience as the new team gets settled.
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